At discretion of vendor.

LITTLE ROCK— With the new month comes a new addition to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Beginning Aug. 1, lottery players may use debit cards for their purchases at participating retailers.

Act 876, signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on April 5 following its passage by the Arkansas Legislature, gives lottery retailers the option to allow debit card payments for lottery games. Retailers may also accept other non-cash, non-deferred forms of payment such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet apps.

The act does not allow for lottery purchases with credit cards or checks.

“This law is not mandatory – it allows retailers discretion on whether to accept debit cards for lottery purchases,” Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. “This gives our players more convenience, and our retailers more options.”

The Lottery has provided nearly $700 million for more than 235,000 scholarships in the state since it began. More than 92 cents of every dollar of Lottery revenue goes to prizes, scholarships, retailer commissions and other expenses in Arkansas. Since Lottery sales started in 2009, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has provided nearly $2.3 billion in prizes to players, and more than $195 million in commissions to Lottery retailers.

You can follow the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit www.MyArkansasLottery.com for more information on scholarships, winners, games, odds, promotions, and to join the free Play It Again Rewards Club. To hear winning numbers, call the Winning Numbers Hotline at 501-682-IWON (4966).

To get help with problem gambling, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.